Castle Hall's team brings deep experience across operational, risk, cyber and ESG due diligence.
Chris is the Founder and CEO of Castle Hall, where he leads a team of more than 80 professionals conducting operational, ESG, risk and cyber due diligence on behalf of more than 150 asset owners worldwide.
Chris is one of the industry’s very first operational due diligence professionals. After audit experience with both Deloitte and PwC, Chris began his due diligence career in 1997 with the Atlantic Philanthropies (a multi billion dollar foundation and early hedge fund investor). Chris then joined UBP (2001) and co-founded Amber Partners (2004).
Chris is an advocate for enhanced best practices across the asset management industry. In addition to his work at Castle Hall, Chris served for 6 years as a member of the CFA Institute Capital Markets Policy Council, acting as Chair for a maximum three-year term.
Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a CFA Charterholder.
Anne leads the Abu Dhabi office and manages a global team of diligence analysts. She is responsible for the service delivery of more than 5,000 operational, risk and ESG diligence engagements across all strategies including long only, hedge funds, private equity, infrastructure, and real estate funds through DiligenceHubTM, Castle Hall’s award winning, online diligence portal.
Anne has more than two decades of accounting, operational and risk diligence experience, including almost a decade at PwC Cayman as Director of Global Compliance / Administrative Services, focusing on offshore corporate administration, structuring and directorships.
Anne is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA, CA) and a Fellow of the International Compliance Association (FICA) and has extensive experience in corporate governance, compliance and anti-money laundering and accounting best practices.
Nico is the Senior Corporate Administrator at Castle Hall. His responsibilities include being a review partner for data and works with directors at the firm for contracting, NDAs, and supplemental trainings. He closely works with the Managing Partner and is highly involved in contributing insights which shape and affect management decisions across the Manila office.
He started as an Associate Clinical Admin Coordinator at UnitedHealth Group (UHG). He was then designated as Operations Management Analyst and was part of the Director’s core team. Prior to Castle Hall, he was with ADP, LLC as an Account Manager where he catered to clients for Compliance Solutions in the mid-market space.
Nico has a bachelor’s degree from the Visayas State University where he achieved Outstanding Thesis. He has a Six Sigma Yellow Belt and has credentials in change and project management. He finished his paralegal studies at the University of the Philippines Law Center in Diliman and is a Certified Paralegal.
Trevor is the Information Technology Manager at Castle Hall, where he manages helpdesk staff and drives technology initiatives. Trevor’s responsibilities include internal infrastructure, policy, business continuity, and cybersecurity management. As an advocate for best practices in information security, Trevor leads Castle Hall’s Cybersecurity Diligence program and holds the (ISC)2‘s SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) designation.
Prior to joining Castle Hall, Trevor enjoyed a career in the arts and worked in technical roles supporting the Canada Revenue Agency and Avaya. Trevor holds a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Diploma in Computer Systems & Networking from the College of the North Atlantic.
Hannah is one of the team leaders in Manila mainly handling the DXC process. She is responsible for KPI review, work allocation, and team performance review. She works closely alongside the other Manila team leaders in the decision-making to ensure that all the processes, policies, and other procedures to be implemented will benefit the entire organization.
Hannah started her career working in the Finance/Operations department of United Parcel Services (UPS), one of the world's largest shipping & logistics companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration major in Financial Management from Southville International School and Colleges.
Colby is a Director at Castle Hall. He conducts operational and investment due diligence reviews across a wide range of hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity and other alternative and traditional fund structures. He is also involved with training initiatives and oversees a team of Analysts.
Colby holds a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University, and is currently pursuing the CAIA designation (Level II candidate).
As the Business Solutions Manager, Jessica is responsible for sourcing and building new client relationships. In her role, Jessica helps allocators assess and understand their due diligence needs and review Castle Hall’s efficient and cost-effective solutions.
After graduating from programs at Dalhousie and McGill University, Jessica worked in a sales and relationship management role with a global hospitality organization gaining experience in business development, client management, and client retention.
Inesse Kao is a Senior Manager at Castle Hall, conducting operational and investment due diligence on public and private market products. In this position, she analyzes a fund’s investment mandate and the adequacy of a GP’s control environment, to support asset allocators’ investment decision making process.
Prior to joining Castle Hall, she was an Assistant Manager at Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services, focusing on financial due diligence and M&A advisory efforts on cross-border transactions. She is a CFA and CAIA charterholder, and holds a Master of Science in Finance and Investment from The University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from The University of Hong Kong.
Daisy is the Marketing & Communications Manager at Castle Hall. Skilled in design and inbound marketing, Daisy has helped design the Castle Hall website, along with brochures and white papers.
After graduating from Lasalle College in Fashion Marketing, Daisy worked as a Project Support Coordinator for Home Depot and later on became a Marketing Consultant for a Dance Studio before joining Castle Hall in 2017.
Ben heads Castle Hall’s business in Australia and leads client relationships and diligence activities in the broader Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Castle Hall, Ben has worked within the financial services industry in Australia focusing on providing technology and data solutions to superannuation funds and asset managers.
Ben graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in politics and his postgraduate qualifications include a postgraduate diploma in law, a postgraduate diploma in legal practice and the RG146 financial services qualification in Australia. Ben started his career by qualifying as a solicitor and working as a lawyer in England and Wales specializing in financial services regulatory investigations and banking law.
Chris is a Director at Castle Hall. At Castle Hall, Chris conducts operational due diligence reviews across a wide range of hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity and other alternative and traditional fund structures.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick.
Andrew Olders is a Senior Manager at Castle Hall. He conducts operational and investment due diligence reviews across a wide range of alternative investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, real assets, fund of funds, as well as many bespoke and off-market strategies and fund structures. He is also involved in training and oversees the due diligence process for several analysts.
Andrew is a CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) charterholder and graduated from Concordia University with a BA (Specialization) in Economics.
Mark leads a couple of teams in Manila and provides added support in work allocation, performance management of the staff, production reporting and setting the goals and objectives of each process group. He is highly involved in contributing to management decisions to evolve and enrich the culture of a high-performance organization. He works closely with the Manila Team Leads and Senior Corporate Administrator to ensure smooth operational performance in the different process groups within Manila.
Prior to joining Castle Hall, Mark was employed at IBM Services, Inc. for almost seven years, primarily involved in Travel and Expense (T&E) team and operations management. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration major in Financial Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from De La Salle University – Manila.
Vincent is a Director at Castle Hall. At Castle Hall, Vincent has been conducting operational due diligence since January 2008, with experience across broad asset classes and a wide range of strategies within long only, hedge fund and private equity structures.
Vincent began his career as an analyst with Fiera Capital Corporation, a leading Canadian institutional investment manager. Vincent holds a BA in Business Administration from Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Montreal, and is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) charterholder.
As part of the Business Development solutions team, George is responsible for sourcing and building new client relationships. George helps allocators assess and understand their due diligence needs and review Castle Hall’s efficient and cost-effective solutions.
George has over 10 years of experience in sales and account management. Before Castle Hall, he worked in an account manager role at a large technology company while gaining experience in client management & retention, sales, operational management, and people development.
Based in Prague, Olaf is responsible for sourcing and building new client relationships. In his role, Olaf helps allocators assess and understand their due diligence needs and review Castle Hall’s efficient and cost-effective solutions.
Olaf studied economics at Auckland University, before spending a significant amount of time learning about investment strategies, human nature, and the psychology of decision making. Prior to Castle Hall, Olaf worked in a variety of roles including sales and marketing, publishing, licensing, and coaching, in a variety of sectors. He is also a photographer and published author.
Lloyd is a Director at Castle Hall. At Castle Hall, Lloyd conducts operational due diligence reviews across a wide range of hedge fund, fund of funds, private equity and other alternative and traditional fund structures. Prior to joining Castle Hall, Lloyd was a Senior Investment Representative with Scotiabank’s discount brokerage division. Lloyd began his career as an Operations Specialist with Pivotal Payments, one of Canada’s largest independent merchant service providers.
Lloyd holds a BA in Economics from Concordia University in Montreal, has passed CFA Level I and has completed his Canadian Securities, Options licensing and Derivatives Fundamentals Courses through the Canadian Securities Institute.
Alyanna is one of the Team Leads in Manila who monitors and provides support for the production team. She is responsible for setting and ensuring the weekly and monthly goals of her team. She works closely with the other Team Leads to deliver quality input and other services provided by Castle Hall. She started in the company as a Data Analyst in May 2019 and was then promoted to her present position after three years.
Prior to joining Castle Hall, Alyanna worked in the Business Process Outsourcing industry for seven years. She was a Customer Service Representative and Sales Associate for various Telecommunication companies around the world.
Alyanna studied Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the University of the Philippines – Los Baños and currently pursuing to pass an examination and get a Certification for Finance and Accounting.
As the Business Solutions Manager, Emily is responsible for sourcing and building new client relationships. In her role, Emily helps allocators assess and understand their due diligence needs and review Castle Hall’s efficient and cost-effective solutions.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. Prior to Castle Hall, Emily worked in an account manager role for corporate travel & commercial fleet rental while gaining experience in client management & retention, sales, operational management, and people development.
Emily enjoys continuing to build relationships, and learn from, new & existing clients!
Zuha is a Senior Manager at Castle Hall. She conducts operational and ESG due diligence reviews across a wide range of hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity, and other alternative and traditional fund structures. She is also involved with training initiatives and overseeing a team of Analysts.
Zuha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Finance from McGill University.
Marice is Head of Client Support at Castle Hall. Skilled in building Client Relations and Logistical Planning, Marice leads a team of experienced Client Support Specialists. The Client Support team ensures all client inquiries are responded to as well as scheduling engagements across the firm.
After attending the University of New Brunswick, Marice worked in the Accounting Field for both Manufacturing and Non-Profit Organizations.
Matthias Knab is an internationally recognized and highly connected expert on hedge funds and alternative investments with three decades of experience in information technology, consulting and finance.
In 2001 he launched Opalesque and started to produce the world's first digital newsletter focusing on hedge funds and alternative investments in February 2003. Opalesque to date has researched over 3,000 funds and distributed more than 400,000 articles as the leading news and research portal for alternative investments.
Matthias is also the publisher of Horizons: Family Office & Investor Magazine, the world's largest quality family office & investor magazine and producer of Opalesque.TV, the first dedicated video channel on alternative investments with over 2 million views.
The company has also been a pioneer in using webinar technology to help investors screen, understand and research large numbers of investment propositions. Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 Opalesque started the CORONA FIGHTERS and the Small Managers - BIG ALPHA webinar series. Together with the new Opalesque VIRTUAL MANAGER VISIT videos, these digital formats have become cornerstones in the institutional investor and family office domains.